WALL∑E (2008) - 3-Disc Blu-ray [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Adventure / Animation / Comedy / Family / Romance / Science Fiction
Disney || G - 98 minutes - $40.99 || November 18, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-11-24


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Andrew Stanton
Writer(s): Andrew Stanton & Peter Docter (story), Andrew Stanton & Jim Reardon (screenplay)
Cast: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard, John Ratzenberger, Kathy Najimy, Sigourney Weaver


Theatrical Release Date: June 27, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Cini-Explore with Director Andrew Stanton
  • Geek Track with Pixar Geeks
  • BD-Live
  • Burn-E
  • Presto: Theatrical Short
  • Deleted Scenes
  • 7 Featurettes
  • The Pixar Story - Documentary
  • BnL Shorts
  • WALL-E's Treasures & Trinkets
  • "Lots of Bots" Storybook
  • Digital Copy


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 6.1)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

Best movie of 2008? Yeah, I could go with that. Better than Iron Man? The Dark Knight? The Incredible Hulk? Yes. How could a movie that looks like a rip-off of Short Circuit do this? I really don't know... but Pixar did it and Finding Nemo now moves down my list as my favorite animated film and WALL-E has taken the #1 slot.

WALL-E is robot all by himself living on Planet Earth hundreds of years in the future. His job - clean the world up after mankind made it into a giant landfill. At first he was not alone - other WALL-E's were their helping him out... but somehow they all broke down leaving WALL-E by himself. But WALL-E is no ordinary robot - he has a personality. While he does his job, he also collects things that he finds interesting like Zippo's, balls, bubble wrap and anything else that could be considered a treasure to him.

One day, a spaceship arrives and drops off an egg-like robot. This robot stars scanning anything and everything looking for something which intrigues WALL-E. After several attempts at befriending the robot he eventually convinces it to come back to his home where we find out her name is EVE and WALL-E has develops a major crush on her. After showing her his treasures, he presents her with a plant that she immediately takes and goes into hibernation. WALL-E then takes care of his new girlfriend until the spaceship comes to take her back. WALL-E will have none of this and rather than losing his only companion he hops a ride and goes into outer space. Itís there that we find mankind is still very much alive, albeit very large and WALL-E helps EVE (along with mankind) find a way back home.

There is something unique about a film which could go for almost 1/3 of the film without any real spoken dialog... and WALL-E does this. While we may get a few beeps and buzzes, almost the entire first act is silent with the exception of some noise from the iPod WALL-E has and music he is playing. It was a risk Pixar was willing to take and I'm glad they did it. This really helps setup the idea that WALL-E is all alone on Earth and seeks companions. The rest of the film really deals with how mankind has degenerated - instead of being active on the ship they sit in their chairs all day staring at computer screens. I can see exactly where Pixar was headed with this and they hit today's generation directly on the head - they sit on their computer or phones all day and never actually look around at the world. The highlight of the film would be one of the females stating (to the effect) "We have a pool? I never knew that".

While Pixar has created numerous, memorable characters, WALL-E is sure to be one that lives on. For a robot he has a great personality and is able to show that he could actually be considered a person rather than a robot with a built-in task he is supposed to perform. Much like the "broken" robots he frees on the ship - he has a personality that exceeds that of many of the humans in the film. If you only get one Blu-ray this year make it WALL-E.

Not only was I full entertained with the film, but I had my friendís younger daughter over and she sat through the entire film without making a peep. If itís something that can keep a child and an adult entertained, itís a winner in my book.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All Special Features are Presented in HD.

Disc 1:
Cini-Explore with Director Andrew Stanton, Geek Track with Pixar Geeks (both Profile 1.1/2.0 Only) - Two great tracks that offer great insight into the film. I only watched about 15 minutes of each but fans of the film will love them. PiP is ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

BURN-E (7 Minutes) - Now, you want cute? This is cute. This short was created exclusively for the DVD and Blu-ray and follows the struggles of BURN-E, a robot on the ship who must make repairs to a light pole after WALL-E and friends keep destroying it one way or another. Also included are storyboards (** Blu-ray Exclusive **) for this short.

Presto (5 Minutes) - I thought BURN-E was cute until I watched this...I laughed so hard at this feature that I wound up watching it a few times. This short stars a bunny (who looks just like Bugs Bunny) who just wants his carrot and will do anything to the magician in order to secure it.

BD-Live: (Profile 2.0/BD-Live only) ** Blu-ray Exclusive **
- Movie Mail
- Movie Chat
- Movie Challenge
- Rewards

- - Sadly this feature does not become active until release date so I can't check it out. If itís anything like Sleeping Beauty you can watch the movie with your friends anywhere (as long as they have a BD-Live player), play trivia, send mail, and use points to download images. Kids will enjoy it... but I personally would never use this.

Disc 2:
Robots
- WALL-E's Treasures and Trinkets (5 Minutes)
- "Lots of Bots" Storyboards
- Axion Arcade ** Blu-ray Exclusive **
- Sneak Peak - Wall-Eís Your of the Universe
- Bot Files (9 Minutes)

- - An assortment of... interesting things. Treasures and Trinkets is WALL-E in front of a white screen playing with some of the junk he has collected from Earth...cute. The arcade games look great (in HD) but are rips of old Atari games with WALL-E thrown in. It was near impossible to play them with my remote control. We then get a trailer for...traveling to space? And finally Bot Files gives us a look at all the bots in the film. Everything here is for kids.

Humans
- Deleted Scenes (23 Minutes)
- Behind the Scenes (69 Minutes)
- BnL Shorts (9 Minutes)
- 3D Set Fly-Through (10 Minutes) ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Make sure to push DOWN on your remote or you may miss...
- Gallery
- Worldwide trailers
- The Pixar Story (68 Minutes)

- - Finally, some of the good stuff. First up with get 4 deleted scenes that are mostly alternate scenes that would have changed the film in major ways. Behind the Scenes is a huge look at the film from start to finish that is a great watch. Most of the rest of the stuff is pretty basic and not all that interesting...until we get to The Pixar Story. I'm shocked Disney did not try and sell this as a separate Blu-ray film (like Pixar Shorts) because this is an amazing feature. The entire history of Pixar!

Disc 3:
Also included is a Digital Copy.

Please note Disney is releasing two versions on Blu-ray. I am reviewing the 3 Disc set which includes a Slip Cover and Digital Copy. Everything else can be found on the 2 Disc Blu-ray set.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

WALL-E is presented in 2.39:1 on a 50GB Disc. After watching Kung Fu Panda last week itís tough to really think another film could come close to it... but WALL-E certainly does. Even though the film starts off a bit drab in colors, once we hit the space shit everything is colorful and pretty. Colors have an amazing pop to them and when comparing it to several other animated Pixar films I own on Blu-ray I can see Pixar went the full mile with this release. Pixar has done it again! You want demo material? Get this!

Pixar has include an English 6.1 DTS MA track (the box says 5.1 - this is an error) track. One word: astonishing. I was in awe of everything in this film. Every little sound was surrounding me and hearing WALL-E boot up with the Apple noise was great. This easily tops anything else I have heard on the format. Sadly, there are no other audio tracks for our foreign friends.



.::OVERALL::.

You see that? 5 out of 5. Everything here is perfect. It is easily one of the best films of 2008, best Blu-ray of 2008, and best kidís movie of 2008. Buy. This. Movie.